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2020 Festival
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THE 17TH JARASUM JAZZ FESTIVAL

DATE

Oct 9(Fri) - 25(Sun), 2020

PLACE

Music Village 1939 in Gapyeong-gun, and Gapyeong area (online broadcast)

How to watch

YOUTUBE, NAVER TV, LG U+

HOST

Gapyeong County

SUPERVISION

Munhwa Hyunsang

JARASUM

AN ISLAND TURTLE LOOK AT, DRAWING KOREA ON THE WORLD MAP

Around Gapyeong downtown, there is a town named Jara-mok (Turtle’s neck). Two hills, one big and one small, are similar to a turtle’s head and body. This turtle’s neck area is called Jara-mok. Where this turtle figure is looking is Jarasum (Turtle Island). Jara-sum was appeared when Cheongpyeong-dam was constructed. Because it was newly appeared, the island had been called unspecific names such as Chinese Island and Peanut Island. After years, Gapyeong Land Naming Committee decided the name it as Jarasum.

The word ‘International’ has been removed from the name of the Jarasum Festival since last year, but Jarasom jazz is already a successful Korean music festival that is recognized worldwide. The fact that the artists of 1118 teams from 55 countries visited the festival during the 16th inning is enough to prove it to be an international festival. Furthermore, The festival steps outside of Korea, international cooperation are being actively operated. Yearly project ‘National Focus Project’ (2020 : Canada) that intensively ntroduces a specific country to the audience has been worked together with the countries’ embassies and/or cultural institutes. Also, the festival has visited world jazz festivals such as 'Jazz Sous Les Pommiers' in France, ‘Penang Island Jazz Festival’ in Malaysia, ‘Takatsuki Jazz Street’ and ‘Sukiyaki Meet the World’ in Japan every year, and signed MOU with them.

JAZZ

ONLY JAZZ FOR 17 YEARS

In 2004, when the first festival was held, there was no other music festival that massive audience participated, thus most people were wondered why. However, the festival's focus has been only jazz for 17 years. Jazz includes various subcategories such as swings, fusion, bossa nova, bebop, and world music. The fact that Jarasum Jazz introduces different types of music under name jazz is the major role of the festival. Moreover, through ‘Jarasum International Jazz Concurs,’ ‘Jarasum Creative Music Camp,’ and ‘Korea Jazz Showcase, the festival tries to find talented jazz musicians. Jarasum Jazz created new leisure culture like never before: 'festival like a picnic that you do not need to know the music.' Jarasum Jazz does not compromise the music, but by delivering enjoyable experience, the festival contributes on publicizing jazz.

FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL AT FANTASY ISLAND

Even though it is only 3 days per year, cumulative number of audience during the 16 years festival is almost 2.3 million. Jarasum Jazz is awarded as the best cultural tourism festival by Department of Sports and Tourism, which no other music festivals could accomplish. Moreover, thinking about the environment, the festival has been Green Life honorary ambassador for last 5 years. In order to share the external growth with the community, the festival started to hold Gapyeong Band Contest, publish Gapyeong Restaurant Guidebook, produce Jazz Makgeolli · Jazz wine made of the region’s farm products and held Gapyeong Farm Party in the festival site. If you want to meet in any way of Jarasum Jazz that gives you a deep and ecstatic break, let's meet Jarasum jazz beyond the screen in your cozy room in October.

MUSIC VILLAGE 1939

A CULTURAL VILLAGE WHERE PEOPLE AND REGIONS FIND VITALITY THROUGH MUSIC, FESTIVALS, AND RELAXATION.

The old Gapyeong Station abandoned site, which opened in 1939, has been reborn as a music-centered cultural space for the future, where the past and the present coexist by combining historical and spatial symbolism. Gapyeong Music Village 1939 is a music complex cultural space located in the area of old Gapyeong station. There are concert halls, studios, practice centers, residences, movie theaters, restaurants, and the various programs about 25 related to music annually. It provides quality relaxation to people, the best environment for creation to musicians, and new vitality that always overflows with people to the region.​